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  • Hijacker an 'idiot,' not a terrorist, as 7 held on plane in Cyprus

    03/29/2016 4:54:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Fox ^ | March 29, 2016
    BREAKING: A man who claimed to be wearing a suicide belt when he hijacked an EgyptAir passenger plane and forced it to land in Cyprus Tuesday morning is “not a terrorist,” but a lovestruck “idiot,” Egypt’s foreign ministry said as authorities worked to gain the release of the last seven passengers and crewmembers still aboard. The man forced the EgyptAir Airbus A320, bound from Alexandria to Cairo, to land at Larnaca airport on Tuesday morning and demanded a meeting with his ex-wife, according to reports. He released most of the passengers, but kept three as well as four members of...
  • '20th hijacker' seeks transfer to Guantanamo

    12/10/2014 9:53:40 AM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies ^ | 12/10/2014 | Curt Anderson
    An imprisoned man known as the "20th hijacker" in the 9/11 terror attacks is asking a South Florida federal judge for a transfer to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The request is part of a rambling, handwritten letter filed Wednesday in Miami federal court by Zacarias Moussaoui. He is serving a life prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2005 to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to kill Americans.
  • Ethiopian Airlines’ Flight 702 Squawks “HiJacking”

    02/16/2014 8:33:36 PM PST · by CondorFlight · 158 replies
    Airline Reporter ^ | 2/16/14 | Airline Reporter Staff
    At 5:00pm Pacific Time, Ethiopian Flight 702, a Boeing 767-300 was flying over Sudan when it started squawking 7500. The transponder code, is supposed to indicate a “hijacking.” (snip) The flight, operating from Addis Abba to Rome has been confirmed by Rome Airport not to have arrived yet. As of now, it is over France, but has recently taken a steep northeast heading. Based on flight tracking, it appears the plane is headed to Geneva. Emergency crews are standing by.
  • U.S. Fugitive Claims New Identity [1962 murderer/1972 hijacker George Wright, held in Portugal]

    10/02/2011 12:47:06 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 01, 2011 | unattributed
    Captured American fugitive George Wright will claim a new identity to prevent the U.S. from extraditing him, his lawyer said Saturday. Wright, 68, became a Portuguese citizen, called Jose Luis Jorge dos Santos, in 1991 after marrying a Portuguese woman, lawyer Manuel Luis Ferreira told The Associated Press. Ferreira said in an interview that Wright's new identity was given to him by West African country Guinea-Bissau when it granted him political asylum in the 1980s and was accepted by Portugal. The U.S. is trying to extradite Wright to serve the remainder of his 15- to 30-year sentence for a 1962...
  • U.S. Fugitive Hid in Idyllic Portugese Hamlet, Started New Life.

    09/28/2011 9:57:58 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 11 replies
    fox news ^ | September 28, 2011 | fox news
    Neighbors of the convicted killer who escaped a New Jersey prison in 1970, then allegedly hijacked a U.S. airliner two years later, told The Associated Press that the fugitive lived in an idyllic Portuguese hamlet near a beautiful beach, married a Portuguese woman and has two children in their 20s. (snip) Back in 1962, Wright and three others were involved in a string of armed robberies that lead to the shooting death of a gas station owner in Wall, N.J., an FBI statement read.
  • Longtime fugitive US hijacker caught in Portugal

    09/27/2011 4:57:51 PM PDT · by nerdwithagun · 13 replies
    Associated Press via Yahoo! ^ | 09-27-2011 | SAMANTHA HENRY
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A 1970s militant who escaped from a murder sentence in New Jersey and carried out one of the most brazen hijackings in U.S. history was captured in Portugal after more than 40 years as a fugitive when the case suddenly unraveled after police matched his fingerprint to a resident ID card, authorities said Tuesday.
  • 1976 Hijacker Returns to Freedom in Croatia, Leaving a Wake of Outrage

    07/25/2008 9:45:05 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 31 replies · 342+ views
    NYT ^ | July 25, 2008 | Al Baker
    After more than three decades in United States prisons — a term punctuated by a brief escape and recapture — a 62-year-old Croatian independence fighter was returned to his native country on Thursday, having served his time for a 1976 hijacking and a bombing that killed a police officer. The fighter, Zvonko Busic, led a group that planted a bomb at Grand Central Terminal that later exploded, killing a city police officer, Brian J. Murray. Mr. Busic left the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind., boarded a plane in Chicago and touched down in Zagreb about 2:20 p.m. on...
  • D.B. Cooper mystery -- Did witness see hijacker's parachute?

    05/23/2010 12:23:17 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 32 replies · 2,434+ views
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | May 22, 2010 | Scott Schwebke
    OGDEN -- A report of a fireball in the sky and a veiled threat from a mysterious man in a dark suit could aid a lawyer's dogged quest to prove a former Weber State ROTC instructor was infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper. Galen Cook, a Spokane, Wash., attorney says he's found perhaps the only eyewitness to Cooper's daring parachute escape from a Boeing 727 more than 38 years ago into the dark abyss of the Pacific Northwest. Cook, who has been pursuing the Cooper case for more than two decades and is writing a book about his investigation, believes a woman...
  • Official: Hijacking thwarted on flight to Cairo

    10/21/2009 1:31:36 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies · 615+ views
    AP ^ | Oct 21, 2009 | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF
    A Sudanese man used a knife from the in-flight meal to threaten crew members after the plane left Turkish airspace and demanded that the flight be diverted to Jerusalem, the official said.
  • Bolivian man acted alone in Mexico hijacking, official says

    09/09/2009 4:59:16 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 4 replies · 414+ views
    CNN Politics ^ | September 9, 2009
    MEXICO CITY -- A 44-year-old Bolivian drug addict and alcoholic who describes himself as a church minister was the sole person responsible for the brief hijacking Wednesday of a commercial jetliner, a Mexican official said. The suspect -- Josmar Flores Pereira -- told authorities he hijacked the Boeing 737 jet because the date -- September 9, 2009, or 9/9/9, and 666 reversed -- held some significance for him, said Genaro Garcia Luna, the secretary for public safety. "He said that because of that divine reference he wanted to alert Mexico City of an earthquake," Garcia told reporters. Flanked by two...
  • Moussaoui says he was to hijack 5th plane

    03/27/2006 10:02:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 94 replies · 3,287+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/06 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified Monday that he and would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid were supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House. Moussaoui's testimony on his own behalf stunned the courtroom as he disclosed details he had never revealed before. It was in stark contrast to Moussaoui's previous statements in which he said the White House attack was to come later if the United States refused to release a radical Egyptian sheik imprisoned on earlier terrorist convictions. Moussaoui testified Monday he lied to investigators when arrested...
  • Italy releases Palestinian hijacker (of 'Achille Lauro)

    04/30/2009 1:37:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1,647+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/30/09 | ap
    One of the Palestinians who hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship and killed an American Jewish passenger in 1985 has been released after more than 23 years in jail, officials said Thursday. Youssef Magied al-Molqui left prison in Palermo, Sicily, on Wednesday and was transferred to a holding center for immigrants in nearby Trapani while officials work to expel him, police in the Sicilian capital said.
  • Scientists Helping FBI Solve D.B. Cooper Case

    03/08/2009 1:57:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 1,918+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Tues., March. 3, 2009 | CHRIS INGALLS
    A team of scientists is in town, helping the Seattle FBI do something it hasn't been able to do on its own. They're trying to find new evidence that will lead to one of the Northwest's most notorious fugitives. Tom Kaye's casting with cash, which tells you this is ordinary fisherman on the banks of the Columbia River. Weird science - that's probably the better way to describe the fishing expedition that's going on this week near Vancouver. Kaye is hoping his experiment can help reel in one of the biggest catches of all: the Northwest skyjacker known only as...
  • ( Somali ) Hijack accused: 'I should have killed pilot'

    12/06/2008 10:22:44 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 1,018+ views
    Asha Ali Abdille was remanded in custody to a pre-trial conference in the High Court at Christchurch on February 13, when the trial date may be set. The 34-year-old Somali woman, faces a charge of hijacking, taking an offensive weapon onto an aircraft, and four charges of wounding or injuring with reckless disregard for safety. When the armed offenders squad members escorted Abdille away from the plane they handcuffed her and made her kneel down. They found a knife in her shoe ... Detective Donald Rayne, said he first noticed a trail of blood from the steps of the plane...
  • NBC News Obtains Videotape of 9/11 Hijacker Being Coached by al-Qaida Handlers

    11/23/2008 11:14:25 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 1,328+ views ^ | November 23, 2008
    An intimate look at one 9/11 hijacker.
  • Afghan hijacker 'working at Heathrow'

    05/17/2008 10:17:55 PM PDT · by SeafoodGumbo · 7 replies · 232+ views
    Telegraph U.K. ^ | 05-16-08 | Graham Tibbets
    An Afghan hijacker who forced an airliner to fly to Britain is now working at Heathrow, it has been disclosed. Nazamuddin Mohammidy, 34, was one of a gang of nine that threatened to blow up an internal flight in Afghanistan, along with 173 passengers and crew, unless they were granted political asylum. The Afghan hijackers forced the Boeing 727 to divert to Britain where they surrendered to police and the SAS after a 70-hour stand-off at Stansted Airport, Essex in Mohammidy, of Hounslow, Middlesex, is now working as an office cleaner for British Airways. The discovery came after he...
  • Revealed: Afghan plane hijacker is now working as a cleaner at Heathrow

    05/16/2008 5:44:26 AM PDT · by wazoo1031 · 16 replies · 103+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 16, 2008 | Daniel Bates
    One of the nine Afghans who won the right to live in Britain after hijacking a plane is now working at Heathrow airport as a cleaner, it emerged last night. Nazamuddin Mohammidy was one of a group who took over an internal Afghan flight in 2000 and landed it in the UK, where they threatened to kill those on board unless they were granted asylum. Now it has emerged Mohammidy, 34, was recently arrested while driving a car around the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport. Police suspected he was an unlicensed cab driver but were stunned when checks revealed...
  • Charges dropped against alleged 20th hijacker: Pentagon

    05/13/2008 8:51:52 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 11 replies · 271+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 13 May 2008
    Charges dropped against alleged 20th hijacker: Pentagon WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon has dropped charges against Mohammed al-Qahtani, the alleged "20th hijacker" in the September 11 attacks on the United States, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. Susan Crawford, the convening authority for war crimes trials by special military commissions, gave no explanation in dropping the charges against al-Qahtani "without prejudice," said Commander Jeffrey Gordon. "They have been dismissed without prejudice, which means they can be reinstituted at any time," he said of the charges.
  • U.S. holds Sudanese pilot as possible threat

    09/20/2002 11:18:09 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 36 replies · 333+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/20/02 | Kelli Arena and David Ensor
    <p>The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has detained at an unknown location a former Sudanese Air Force pilot who may have been planning to hijack an airliner and fly it into a target in the United States, U.S. officials told CNN on Friday.</p>
  • Hijacker 'wanted plane taken to Australia' (Female New Zealander stabbed commuter flight pilots)

    02/08/2008 8:49:57 AM PST · by Stoat · 31 replies · 461+ views
    ABC News (Australia) ^ | February 8, 2008
    Hijacker 'wanted plane taken to Australia' Posted 10 hours 54 minutes ago Updated 7 hours 37 minutes ago The 33-year-old woman allegedly threatened to blow up the 19-seat plane and stabbed two pilots. (Reuters) Video: View video and pictures of the arrest (TVNZ) Video: Hijacker wanted plane taken to Australia: police (ABC News) Audio: Woman stabs pilots, attempts hijacking in NZ (PM) Related Story: NZ hijack attempt highlights security fears: Pyne Related Story: No bombs found after NZ hijack attempt Police say a Somali woman charged with trying to hijack an Air New Zealand flight this morning wanted the...
  • Hijacker 'wanted plane taken to Australia'

    02/07/2008 11:13:40 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 57 replies · 194+ views
    Source: ABC (Australia) ^ | February 8, 2008 | U/A
    The 33-year-old woman allegedly threatened to blow up the 19-seat plane and stabbed two pilots. Police say a Somali woman charged with trying to hijack an Air New Zealand flight this morning wanted the plane taken to Australia. The 33-year-old allegedly threatened to blow up the 19-seat plane and stabbed two pilots in the cockpit - one in the hand and the other in the foot. Police say she claimed two bombs were on the twin-engine Jetstream aircraft, which was travelling from the South Island town of Blenheim, but none have been found. The woman was to appear in court...
  • U.S. Teen Arrested In Plane Hijack Plot

    01/25/2008 1:32:24 PM PST · by BreezyDog · 21 replies · 75+ views ^ | Jan. 25, 2008 | (CBS/AP)
    Authorities believe a teen accused of plotting to hijack a plane was suicidal, and a judge was scheduled to decide Friday whether to keep him in custody. The 16-year-old, who has not been identified by authorities, was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday night at Nashville International Airport. He was being held at a juvenile detention facility. FBI spokesman George Bolds told The Associated Press the teen had handcuffs, rope and duct tape in his bag, and was believed to be traveling alone. "His plan had a low probability of success," Bolds said. The teen was calm during the...
  • On This Day In History: Nov. 24, 1971 - Hijacker "D.B. Cooper" Parachutes Into Thunderstorm

    11/24/2007 5:08:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies · 1,129+ views ^ | November 24, 2007 |
    On This Day In History November 24, 1971 Hijacker parachutes into thunderstorm A hijacker calling himself D.B. Cooper parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 into a raging thunderstorm over Washington State. He had $200,000 in ransom money in his possession. Cooper commandeered the aircraft shortly after takeoff, showing a flight attendant something that looked like a bomb and informing the crew that he wanted $200,000, four parachutes, and "no funny stuff." The plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where authorities met Cooper's demands and evacuated most of the passengers. Cooper then demanded that the plane fly toward Mexico at...
  • New 911 Hijacker tape coming

    09/10/2007 6:14:09 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 103 replies · 5,406+ views
    Foxnews Alert! 911 Hijacker will appear in new video along with Bin Laden. Hijacker will give his 'last testament'

    07/31/2006 1:50:02 PM PDT · by Registered · 56 replies · 4,437+ views ^ | 07.31.06 | Registered
    I think it's really her!

    07/30/2006 2:52:17 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 55 replies · 3,031+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 29, 2006 | Staff
    July 29, 2006 -- KATIE Couric had fellow passengers aboard a New York-bound jet on the warpath this week when, as their plane was about to taxi to the runway, she got out of her seat and begged the pilot to allow one of her late-arriving producers to board. ........ The witness told Page Six that attendants on Wednesday's 6:30 p.m. Delta Shuttle flight out of Washington, D.C., had already closed the door and passengers were buckled in, when the soon-to-be CBS News anchor raced up the aisle with a cellphone to her ear and told an attendant she had...
  • Former Lebanese hijacker builds own plane

    05/17/2006 9:41:01 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies · 384+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | May 17, 2006
    DEIR QANUN AN-NAHR, Lebanon - After 17 years behind bars in a Swiss jail for hijacking a plane and killing a passenger, Hussein Hariri's dream now is to fly a plane he built with his own hands. "One day when I was in prison, I landed on a book about planes dating back to World War II. I read it in 10 days," said Hariri, 39, who returned in 2004 to his native village of Deir Qanun an-Nahr, in southern Lebanon. "I was so taken by the book that I contacted the University of Lausanne ... and they gave me...
  • 9/11 Victims' Families to Get Government Files - Prosecutors Ordered to Disclose Records...

    04/08/2006 12:06:41 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 9 replies · 355+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2006 | Jerry Markon, Washington Post Staff Writer
    The judge overseeing the death penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui yesterday ordered prosecutors to provide hundreds of thousands of government documents generated as evidence in the case to lawyers representing families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema issued the order in connection with a civil lawsuit filed by the families against the aviation industry, alleging that it failed to prevent the attacks. The civil case is pending in New York, and Moussaoui is on trial in a separate criminal proceeding in Alexandria.
  • Moussaoui Says He Was Part of a Plot to Attack the White House

    03/27/2006 2:11:33 PM PST · by peyton randolph · 59 replies · 1,595+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 03/27/06 | Unknown
    Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified Monday that he and would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid were supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House....
  • Moussaoui's gaffe proves incriminating (20th Hijacker)

    03/08/2006 7:41:37 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies · 876+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 3/8/06 | Greg Gordon, Star Tribune
    The sentencing jury listened to a tape of the suspect, who questioned a witness while acting as his own lawyer. Acting as his own lawyer during taped testimony played for a jury on Wednesday, confessed Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui got a captive Malaysian terrorist to finger the man who talked of flying a plane into the White House. "He looks exactly like you," Faiz Bafana told Moussaoui. "You are referring to me?" Moussaoui asked. "Are you certain it's me?" "I'm certain." The bizarre exchange, videotaped in 2002, was played on the third day of Moussaoui's penalty trial, in which a...
  • US Vows To Track Down Hijacker Freed Early

    12/22/2005 6:41:54 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 1,156+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-23-2005 | Anton La Guardia
    US vows to track down hijacker freed early By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 23/12/2005) The United States has vowed to track down and bring to trial a Lebanese hijacker who has been secretly released after serving 19 years in a German prison for seizing an airliner in 1985 and killing a US navy diver. The Bush administration said it had asked Germany not to release Mohammed Ali Hamadi, who was jailed for life for his role in the hijacking of TWA's Flight 847 from Athens to Rome and the shooting of one of the passengers, Robert Stethem. Despite...
  • Gonzales Asked Germany To Hold Hijacker

    12/21/2005 3:47:19 PM PST · by blam · 39 replies · 992+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-21-2005 | Ann Gearan
    Gonzales Asked Germany to Hold Hijacker Wednesday December 21, 2005 11:16 PM By ANNE GEARAN AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales personally asked the German government not to release a terrorist accused of killing a Navy diver, but was rebuffed, the Bush administration said Wednesday. Mohammed Ali Hamadi was freed on parole by German authorities after serving 19 years of a life sentence for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA plane during which a U.S. Navy diver was killed. The 17-day ordeal riveted the United States and brought Middle East terrorism home for many Americans. ``We...
  • Paroled TWA Hijacker Returns to Lebanon

    12/20/2005 9:25:54 PM PST · by WJHII · 38 replies · 766+ views
    AP ^ | 12/20/2005 | AP
    Paroled TWA Hijacker Returns to Lebanon Tuesday, December 20, 2005 BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Lebanese man serving a life sentence in Germany for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and killing of a U.S. Navy diver has returned to Lebanon after being paroled in Germany, security and guerrilla officials said Tuesday. Mohammed Ali Hamadi arrived in Beirut four days ago on a commercial flight from Germany, a Lebanese security official and a Hezbollah guerrilla group said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
  • Missing Able Danger 'Atta' Chart in 2002 Video (a search didn't bring this one up)

    09/03/2005 9:52:55 AM PDT · by Fruit of the Spirit · 53 replies · 2,443+ views
    Newsmax ^ | August 29, 2005 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    A copy of the Able Danger chart that identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta as a terrorist operating inside the U.S. a year before the 9/11 attacks is clearly visible in a video of a 2002 speech by delivered by Rep. Curt Weldon to the Heritage Foundation. The Pentagon, the 9/11 Commission and the Senate Intelligence Committee are currently seeking evidence that the bombshell chart, featuring a photo Atta, ever existed - as claimed by three members of the Able Danger team, along with Rep. Weldon. But so far, no physical evidence of the controversial document has surfaced. Until now....
  • A Newer Kind of Nazi, but Nazi Nonetheless

    08/24/2005 1:19:40 PM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 21 replies · 1,147+ views ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    During Israel’s dramatic eviction of its settlers, it went almost unnoticed that on Aug. 15, armed men in Gaza kidnapped a soundman who worked for a French state television station. I’ll bet you’ve already assumed the kidnappers were Arab Muslims. Shame on you. And yes you’re right, they were. The week before, three foreign workers were kidnapped by members of Fatah, founded by the late Yasser Arafat. “Fatah” means “conquest by means of holy war.” No matter what our political views, we all agree on two things: 1) Israel and the West on the whole follow the norms of civilization;...
  • A Newer Kind of Nazi, but Nazi Nonetheless

    08/24/2005 1:12:45 PM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 2 replies · 289+ views ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    During Israel’s dramatic eviction of its settlers, it went almost unnoticed that on Aug. 15, armed men in Gaza kidnapped a soundman who worked for a French state television station. I’ll bet you’ve already assumed the kidnappers were Arab Muslims. Shame on you. And yes you’re right, they were. The week before, three foreign workers were kidnapped by members of Fatah, founded by the late Yasser Arafat. “Fatah” means “conquest by means of holy war.” No matter what our political views, we all agree on two things: 1) Israel and the West on the whole follow the norms of civilization;...
  • A Newer Kind of Nazi, but Nazi Nonetheless

    08/24/2005 10:20:57 AM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 13 replies · 4,759+ views ^ | Aug. 22, 2005 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    During Israel’s dramatic eviction of its settlers, it went almost unnoticed that on Aug. 15, armed men in Gaza kidnapped a soundman who worked for a French state television station. I’ll bet you’ve already assumed the kidnappers were Arab Muslims. Shame on you. And yes you’re right, they were. The week before, three foreign workers were kidnapped by members of Fatah, founded by the late Yasser Arafat. “Fatah” means “conquest by means of holy war.” No matter what our political views, we all agree on two things: 1) Israel and the West on the whole follow the norms of civilization;...
  • Congressman: U.S. Intel Knew 9/11 Plotters

    08/09/2005 10:01:06 PM PDT · by Bronc1 · 14 replies · 1,010+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 9, 2005 | Kimberly Hefling
    ...Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa. and vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, said Tuesday the men were identified in 1999 by a classified military intelligence unit known as "Able Danger." If true, that's an earlier link to al-Qaida than any previously disclosed intelligence about Atta. Sept. 11 commission co-chairman Lee Hamilton said Tuesday that Weldon's information, which the congressman said came from multiple intelligence sources, warrants a review. He said he hoped the panel could issue a statement on its findings by the end of the week...
  • Mohammad Atta's Father Comes Out Of Closet

    07/20/2005 6:14:53 AM PDT · by whitecastle1968 · 50 replies · 1,477+ views
    Daily Mail, UK ^ | July 19, 2005 | None
    "Speaking to CNN .. . The father of September 11 hijacker Mohammad Atta said today he had no sorrow for what had happened in London and claimed more terrorist attacks would follow... Cursing in Arabic, el-Amir also denounced Arab leaders and Muslims who condemned the London attacks as being traitors and non-Muslims. . .He passionately vowed that he would do anything within his power to encourage more attacks."
  • Moussaoui pleads guilty to 9/11 crimes [was chosen by bin Laden for attack]

    04/22/2005 3:18:35 PM PDT · by The Raven · 64 replies · 2,275+ views
    msnbc ^ | Apr 22, 2005 | AP
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to kill Americans and declared he was personally chosen by Osama bin Laden to fly a plane into the White House during a later attack. Moussaoui admitted guilt in front of a packed courtroom only a few miles from where one of the four hijacked planes crashed into the Pentagon in 2001. He pleaded to six conspiracy counts, four of which could bring the death penalty. -snip In the statement of facts, Moussaoui said bin Laden had personally selected him to take part in an...
  • Mystery Flight (More info about 2 pass. of KLM flight on the no fly list)

    04/16/2005 9:26:56 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 97 replies · 3,597+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Apr. 25, 2005 issue | Mark Hosenball and Michael Hirsh
    Fifteen minutes after KLM Flight 685 took off from Amsterdam for Mexico City on April 8, Mexican authorities forwarded the names of all the passengers to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The reason: the flight was scheduled to pass through U.S. airspace. by the time the Boeing 747 had finished its three-hour crossing of the Atlantic, Homeland Security screeners were on high alert. The names of two Saudi passengers aboard the KLM flight had begun producing "hits" on the screening center's lists of 70,000 suspect foreigners. The two Saudis, the database reported, were brothers and pilots who had attended...
  • 9/11 hijacker used bypass code to obtain California license

    02/05/2005 8:59:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies · 1,591+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/5/05 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The terrorist believed to have flown a hijacked airliner into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, obtained a California driver's license without providing the required Social Security number for identification, officials are acknowledging for the first time. Nawaf Alhazmi then used that license when he registered for the flight training that enabled him to pilot the doomed airliner. Alhazmi used a loophole, since closed, in California law that allowed hundreds of thousands of foreign drivers without Social Security numbers to use a generic number in its place. Even some foreign citizens with Social Security numbers skirted the...
  • Witness recalls suicide pilot threat at 9/11 trial

    11/11/2004 6:54:45 AM PST · by Ginifer · 611+ views
    Expatica (Germany) ^ | 10 November 2004 | SA
    HAMBURG - One of the 11 September 2001 suicide pilots, Marwan al-Shehhi, spoke in mid-1999 of causing "thousands of deaths" in the United States, a former librarian said on Wednesday at the Hamburg re-trial of a Morroccan student convicted for his part in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. Mounir al-Motassadeq was jailed for 15 years for assisting 3,000 murders and being a member of a terrorist group, but appeal judges ordered a re-trial. The ex-librarian, whose name was withheld in accordance with German court reporting practice, told the court that she thought he mentioned the World Trade Center...
  • 'The Jews will burn' (Statement attributed to Mohammed Atta during testimony)

    11/16/2004 12:50:42 PM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 1,074+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | November 16, 2004 | Elmarie Jack
    'The Jews will burn' 16/11/2004 18:45  - (SA)   Hamburg - A man accused of supporting the September 11 attacks on the United States was close friends with lead hijacker Mohamed Atta and once said something big was being planned and that "the Jews will burn," a witness testified on Tuesday. Holger L, who roomed with suspect Mounir el Motassadeq while they were both students at Hamburg's Technical University between 1996 and 1999, said the Moroccan often had visits from Atta and Ramzi Binalshibh, among others. Binalshibh, who is in secret US custody, is thought to be the Hamburg al-Qaeda cell's key...
  • Lebanese hijacker sent home after serving 17 years in Swiss prison

    10/17/2004 1:19:12 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 408+ views
    myTELUS ^ | October 17 2004
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) - A Lebanese hijacker who served 17 years in a Swiss prison for killing a passenger and seriously wounding a flight attendant in 1987 has been released and deported to Lebanon, officials said Sunday. Hussein Hariri agreed to immediate deportation and was sent to Beirut on a chartered plane Tuesday with two other Lebanese who had been living in Switzerland illegally, said Dominique Boillat, spokesman for the Federal Refugee Office, confirming a report in the weekly Le Matin Dimanche. Hariri was sentenced to life in prison after he commandeered an Air Afrique DC-10 flying from Brazzaville, Republic...
  • The Hamburg Cell - British TV movie sympathetic to hijackers of 9/11

    08/31/2004 3:40:37 AM PDT · by Barney Gumble · 10 replies · 966+ views
    On Thursday at 9pm, Britain’s Channel 4 will air a docu-drama retelling the story of 9/11 through the view of one of the hijackers. In the previews for this movie, a hijacker is shown to be torn between his love and his love for jihad. I think this is a horrible idea as it will end up portraying the hijacker in a sympathetic light. At some point, the viewer will show some compassion towards the hijacker who helped murder 3000 innocent people. Would anyone recommend a docu-drama to show the relationship with Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun during the final...
  • Reach out? Moussaoui allowed use of cell phone

    08/06/2004 8:32:59 AM PDT · by ConservativeBamaFan · 5 replies · 573+ views ^ | August 5, 2004 | John McCaslin
    The Beltway Beat has confirmed that an "incident" is under investigation at the Alexandria Detention Center involving accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui and his reported use of a personal cell phone belonging to a jail employee. A source close to the Alexandria Sheriff's Department tells this column that he was told yesterday that the phone belongs to a sheriff's deputy who has guarded Moussaoui, the so-called "20th hijacker" being held under otherwise-tight security. "He (the deputy) is accused of allowing Moussaoui to use his cell phone to make personal calls," says our source, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "The guard...
  • Iraqi official at 9-11 plot meeting: U.S. finds documents tying Saddam's man to al-Qaida

    05/27/2004 11:28:26 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 839+ views ^ | May 27, 2004
    Recently translated documents captured by U.S. forces provide new evidence of a direct link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Rosters of officers in Saddam's Fedayeen list Lt. Col. Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, who was present at the January 2000 al-Qaida "summit" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at which the 9-11 attacks were planned, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Fedayeen was the elite paramilitary group run by Saddam's son Uday, which was deployed to do much of the regime's dirty work. The U.S. has never been sure Shakir was at the Kuala...
  • "What...? ME Worry???

    WHO...? ...ME???!!!Does anyone find it strange how, regardless of the facts, it's ALWAYS someone ELSE'S fault with these people...???!!!
  • The 20th Hijacker Arrives (sickening Cartoon in Washington Post Feb17/04)

    02/17/2004 7:57:28 AM PST · by nicollo · 56 replies · 563+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 17, 2004 | Tom Toles
    Today's Toles cartoon in the Washington (com)Post, entitled The 20th Hijacker Arrives, depicts the U.S. Capitol building being blown apart by "The Deficit," and with a sub-title, "Who Could've Foreseen?"